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Dabo with MACTS StudentsMACTS is designed to accommodate all kinds of students. Here, you can join students with undergraduate degrees in communication and sports communication, but may also meet others coming from law, English, journalism, sociology, gender studies, computer science, broadcasting, philosophy, audio production, or other backgrounds. We welcome international students, and have worked with previous students from China, Norway, Yemen, Mexico, and India. We have full-time and part-time students, as well as ones coming from private industry and others straight out of college. Some are single and others have families; some live nearby, while others commute.

Approximately 90% of our graduates have gone on to pursue a Ph.D., teach at the collegiate level, or pursue professional careers in industries such as content marketing, development, public affairs, public relations, and social media management.

Current Graduate Students

First Name Last Name Email Hometown Previous degree and institution Academic Interests Personal Interests
Bailey Troutman Lapel, Indiana B.S. in Communication Arts from Indiana University, with minors in Pre-Law and English Writing My research and academic interests include the societal impacts and environmental sustainability of communication technologies, data centers and media infrastructure, and public policy My personal interests include sports, especially golf, reading and writing, travelling, working out, and virtually communicating with all my friends and family back home! I also enjoy laughing, and if you ask anyone who knows me, they would confirm I do it quite often!
Caitlin Anderson Plymouth, Minnesota which is a suburb of Minneapolis I have a BA in English from Lander I’m interested in the intersection of education, communication, and media. Specifically, how higher education values are rearticulated in educational entertainment videos on YouTube in the face of crises I enjoy spending time with my husband (Matt) and step-son (Bradley), listening to podcasts, watching YouTube, reading, cooking, and working out. 
Elaine Day Raleigh, North Carolina BA in English and Sports Communication from Clemson Social Media and Sport; Athletic and Fan Identity Development and Expression; PR and Crisis Management via Social Media; Grammar and Writing Instruction baseball (particularly Clemson and the Atlanta Braves); coffee; graphic design; sports journalism
Hannah Hallusker Boiling Springs, SC Clemson University, B.S. in Genetics (2017) Science and health communication; studying the social and ethical implications of genetic technologies running, traveling, reading, doing yoga, or hiking one of the many trails in Upstate SC
Hannah Chumley Cowpens, SC BA in Communication Studies from USC Upstate I would love to work with a non-profit! I am also interested in Health Communication.  
Holly Deal Spartanburg, South Carolina BA in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations from the University of South Carolina Upstate Qualitative research involving disability studies and how people with disabilities are impacted from public perception. I’m also interested in the communicative properties of music. I’m interested in many activities including music and playing instruments, as well as hiking, reading, and spending quality time with family and my dogs.
Janeth Sierra-Rivera  Los Angeles, CA Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside Intercultural and interpersonal communication, and intend on being a communication studies professor Exploring different forms of expression through movement and art. I appreciate and welcome new experiences.
Joey Fontana Diamond Bar, CA Human Communication Studies from California State University, Fullerton Sport communication, organizational communication, and health communication sports, concussions, staring at screens, sitting for prolonged periods of time, concussions
Kayla Craig Cooperstown, NY Bachelors in Communication Studies from West Virginia University ('17) My research interests lie in women's health, specifically studying women with endometriosis and their communication with their physicians.  
Kelsea Schulenberg Palm Harbor, Florida B.S. in Psychology, Clemson University I am most interested in political and legal communication, with a particular emphasis on gender disparities within legal fields. My main interests include traveling and debating, as well as reading, climbing, weaving wall tapestries, sunbathing, and playing with my dog!
Lauren Andrews Charlotte, NC Communication, B.A. Clemson University   Trail running, reading historical fiction, baking, ALL things chocolate, Clemson Football, N.C.I.S., quality time with friends, dogs, singing television shows and fun earrings!
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Madeline Pace Kernersville, NC UNC-Chapel Hill with a B.A. in English and Communication Community engagement, book culture, and digital technology. Reading mysteries, running, watching soccer, and trying to re-create The Great British Bake Off challenges. 
Madison Wilson Springville, Utah Bachelor of Science in Sociology, Minor in Business Management from Brigham Young University Writing, quantitative research, public relations, marketing, social media Ballet, reading, travel, live entertainment
Mckinley DuRant Charleston, SC Clemson University- Double major- communication and women’s leadership Law, Leadership, Policy reform Traveling, being on the water
Megan Courage Braintree, MA Clemson University 2018, double major in Communication and Modern Languages (Spanish) Clemson University 2018, double major in Communication and Modern Languages (Spanish) Clemson University 2018, double major in Communication and Modern Languages (Spanish)
Patrick Noe PNOE@CLEMSON.EDU Roebuck, SC B.A. in Communications at Clemson University Groupthink and team involvement, media and tv broadcast Fly Fishing, hunting, golf, MLB Baseball, playing basketball, and making friends and getting to know them..
Raven Furber Boiling Springs, South Carolina Communications - Public Relations, University of South Carolina Upstate Leadership communication, gender performance, organizational communication Reading, movies, embroidery, broadcast engineering, geology
Sai Mikkilineni Hyderabad, India B.A in Mass Communication, Political Science, and Conversational English from Osmania University, 2016; M.A in Mass Communication & Journalism from Osmania University, 2019 Media Effects, Cultural Studies, and Gender Studies  E-Sports, and Socializing 
Samuel Goodman SBGOODM@CLEMSON.EDU Columbia, SC Marketing, Clemson, May 2015 My background relates to marketing, and I’ve always had a strong personal interest in history and historical properties, especially related to Latin American, European, and southern US studies. I’m really excited to be exploring the world of communication! Traveling, camping/hiking, cooking, exploring Greenville (where I’m a fairly new resident), concerts and live music, anything with friends
Sherman Jones Stone Mountain, GA B.A. in Computer Science with a double minor in Spanish and Communication Studies from Clemson in May 2018 My current research is explores the relationship between black students' organizational membership and their sense of belonging to their institution. I love all things astrology, Beyoncé, and volleyball! I’m even the Vice President of the Men’s Club Volleyball Team here at Clemson.
Tanisha Tak Ahmedabad, India BA in Communication Studies (Strategic Communication Minor), Arkansas State University gender in communication and Communication Centers I absolutely adore reading. I love being involved on campus and in the community in the form of volunteering and being a member of clubs and organizations.
Taylorlynne "Raine" Templeton-Bradley Greenwood, SC Clemson University in 2016 with a degree in Travel and Tourism within the department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management. I also had two minors, one in Business Administration and the other in English I am extremely interested in the psychological aspects of communication, manipulating messages, and specifically linguistics. I am also hoping to get better at design and editing! I have been involved in research about travel and tourism as well as innovative pedagogy. One thing I am looking most forward to in graduate school is learning the social and psycological aspects of communication and applying them to projects and products. I am hoping to use what I learn to do advertising and/or work with athletics (at the collegiate level) to share messages, encourage applicants, and excite people about events. I am involved in a local Christian community, am reading Harry Potter for the first time, love getting to know people from other parts of the world, and enjoy traveling. The Office (US) is my absolute favorite show, so be prepared for many references as we get to know each other. I have a passion for film; I enjoy seeing movies in the theater, learning about how movies are made, and making amateur, silly films. Photography is another interest of mine. My fall weekends are filled with college football...GO TIGERS! Coffee and coffee shops are my happy place. I am also getting married to my fantastic fiance and highschool sweetheart, Tanner Riley, on March 14, 2020!
Toni Baraka Atlanta, Georgia Kennesaw State University Possible research in stereotypes and whether or not people conform to them Traveling, new music, trying different restaurants, politics